|L'As du Fallafel's overstuffed falafel sandwich is like an explosion of flavors and textures in your mouth. Crunchy, smooth, slightly spicy, all delicious!|
The visitor may vary, but the conversation is always the same:
MK: Do you like falafels? Cuz if you do, we should go to L'As du Fallafel while we're in the Marais.
Visitor: Yeah, I like falafels...but I can get pretty good ones in (insert name of city).
MK: Well, these are supposed to be the "world's best".
Visitor (intrigued but doubtful): Are they really that good?
MK: Let's go and you can tell me what you think.
Visitor: Why are all of those people standing in line?
MK: That's the falafel place.
Visitor: Are they really that good? I mean, is it really worth the wait (eyes glance over to the falafel place across the street without a line).
MK: They're the best I've ever had.
Visitor (still skeptical as (s)he glances around the restaurant): Well, everything looks alright.
Our food arrives and visitor takes a bite.
Visitor: (talking around a mouth stuffed full of food) Mmm, they're delicious. I can't believe how good this is! It's the best falafel sandwich I've ever had!!!
MK: (completely quiet because I'm too busy savoring each and every bite).
During a recent Jewish History Tour of the Marais with Sight Seekers Delight, I learned that L'As de Fallafel sells 6-700 falafels per day at their takeout window. That total doesn't seem to include the number sold in their restaurant. It's no wonder that they're so darned good - everything is freshly made.
For the uninitiated, falafels are chickpea fritters fried to a lovely shade of crispy brown. Sandwiches are made with fluffy pita bread, hummus, fried eggplant, sliced cucumbers, pickled red cabbage, tomatoes and a creamy sauce.
L'As Du Fallafel :
34 Rue Des Rosiers
Closed Friday afternoon and Saturday
And to make things even better - the restroom at L'As du Fallafel is one of the cleanest I've seen in Paris.
L'As de Falafal is so memorable that it served as the inspiration for the chickpea fritter sandwich at Clover Food trucks in Boston.